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Education as a Way to Reduce STEC Contamination

Shigatoxin-producing E.coli, also known as STEC, causes more than 260,000 illnesses, 3,000 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths each year, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Scientists from Kansas State University developed a series of free training modules, Translation of STEC: Mitigation to Field Implementation, to teach meat processors, producers, distributors and restaurant workers how to safely control STEC-related contamination. This curriculum is offered in both English and Spanish, and consists of 11 modules targeting pre- and post-harvest STEC prevention in veal and beef. Some of the topics include pre-harvest operations of the feedlot, veal housing, and post-harvest operations.

NIFA supports the research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Learn more at Animal Care Training.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Animal health and production and animal products;
Food safety, nutrition, and health
U.S. States and Territories
Kansas
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